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books, was firing on new year's eve

updated fri 3 dec 99


The Brinks on thu 2 dec 99

David, that is such an interesting book! Especially all the drawings. A
few years ago I had my daughter get it through the university library
lending system, and I photocopied the WHOLE thing. I didn't know it was
available for sale anywhere. I also copied a lot of "The Admirable
Discourses of Bernard Palissy". Fascinating!

Ann Brink in CA

At 02:55 PM 12/1/99 EST, you wrote:
>----------------------------Original message----------------------------
>I hate to be the bearer of bad news (well, not really)
>but did you all planning to fire your kilns realize that
>on New Year's Eve the moon will be in the last stages
>of waning before the new moon?
>A kiln should always be fired when the moon is WAXING,
>not waning!
>This is not superstition. I read it in a book,
>"The Three Books of the Potter's Art", by
>Cipriano Piccolpasso (1524-1579). I'm not sure if this
>rule applies to electric kilns, as the author does not
>directly address electric firing.
>David Hendley
>Maydelle, Texas